News: Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains believes new tight end Delanie Walker can make significant contributions in the passing game. Walker is known more for his run-blocking skills than his hands. "I don't know how other people see him. We view him as a No. 1 tight end that will come in here and catch balls and help us win games," Loggains told The Tennessean. The paper cited ProFootballFocus.com that notes Walker dropped nine of 30 passes last year, something Loggains believes Walker can get past. "It's not his hands as much as it is the concentration," Loggains said. "He's got great speed and he's been trying to run before he catches the ball. So its just about looking the ball in, and I think that (tight ends coach) George Henshaw has done a great job with him on concentrating on that aspect of the game."
Analysis: Walker said his goal is to get 70 catches this season. He's never had more than 29, though he's been a complementary player for much of his career. After watching the Titans miscast Jared Cook for years we don't have much hope for Walker to succeed, particularly in an offense expected to be run-heavy. It's up to you whether or not you want to spend a late pick on Walker.
News: The Tennessean reports that Titans tight end Delanie Walker said Tuesday that he's aiming for 70 catches this year. Walker signed with Tennessee after playing in San Francisco his entire seven-year career. His career best in catches was 2010 when he had 29 grabs for 331 yards. His best season overall was last year when he had 21 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
Analysis: Walker will need a significant boost in production to reach his goal, but it's not completely out of the question. Still, we're not counting on 70 catches or even 50 for that matter. Consider Walker a No. 2 Fantasy tight end on Draft Day, and he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
News: The Titans have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year deal with tight end Delanie Walker, ESPN reported Tuesday. He's expected to serve as their primary tight end after being the secondary version for San Francisco.
Analysis: Walker's numbers haven't been great -- three touchdowns each of the last two years and no seasons with even 400 yards receiving. But that's because he hasn't been a consistent part of an offense. The hope here is that the Titans utilize Walker at least as much as they did Jared Cook. If that happens then he could contend for Fantasy use during the season. He probably shouldn't get picked unless in the deepest of leagues but keeping him on your radar through the first few weeks might be a good idea.
News: 49ers tight end Delanie Walker was able to stretch the field on some big plays against the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Walker caught two passes for 42 yards in the second quarter. He was targeted just four times and finished with just three catches for 48 yards in a 34-31 defeat.
Analysis: Walker has done a solid job behind Vernon Davis and remained a significant contributor late in the season. He averaged 37.8 yards receiving with a total of one touchdown grab in his last five games, including the postseason. Davis, who played well in the Super Bowl, had a rough second half of the season, which may help give Walker some low-end Fantasy appeal come Draft Day in 2013.
News: Heading into the NFC Championship Game at Atlanta on Sunday, 49ers tight end Delanie Walker hopes to remain a significant contributor. He only had one catch for 17 yards against the Packers in the Divisional round of the playoffs, but he has outplayed Vernon Davis in the second half of the season. Going back to Week 12, Walker has 35 Fantasy points compared to eight for Davis.
Analysis: The good thing for both San Francisco tight ends is the Falcons just got abused by Seattle's Zach Miller for eight catches, 142 yards and one touchdown. We like Walker as a sleeper this week in any Playoff Challenge format.
News: 49ers tight end Delanie Walker notched two receptions for 50 yards during San Francisco's 27-13 victory over Arizona in Week 17. With starting tight end Vernon Davis active but still limited by a head injury, Walker earned a greater role in the team's offense collected four targets, including one look in the end zone. Davis finished with just one catch for five yards on two targets from quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Analysis: Walker amassed 50 yards receiving for the second week in a row, but had his modest scoring streak halted at two games while the 49ers relied heavily on Michael Crabtree (two touchdowns). Walker has done the majority of his work this season while substituting for Davis, but did total at least 20 yards in each of the last four games. The additional rest before the 49ers' first playoff appearance could benefit Davis and send Walker to a limited role once again. He is a low-end option in Fantasy playoff formats even with Davis sidelined.
News: With starting Fan Francisco tight end Vernon Davis still recovering from the lingering effects of a concussion, backup Delanie Walker could earn a larger role in the offense against Arizona in Week 17. Davis is expected to play despite being listed as questionable on the injury report, but is unlikely to be at full speed against a Cardinals defense that ranks third against the pass this season (195.7 yards allowed per game). Walker filled in capably after Davis left last Sunday's game and posted a season-high four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Walker enters Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals with a touchdown in two straight games and has three scores overall on the season. He has increased his yardage output in each of the past three weeks and is just six yards shy of registering 300 total yards for the second time in his career. With the Seattle defense focusing on the 49ers' wide receivers, Walker finished with a quiet seven targets last Sunday and could come close to that total again if San Francisco keeps Davis limited. Consider Walker a decent flex option in deeper Fantasy formats as the Cardinals are yielding an average of 6.4 Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.
News: San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker found the end zone for the second game in a row during Sunday's contest on the road at Seattle in Week 16. Colin Kaepernick connected with Walker for an 18-yard touchdown strike with under two minutes remaining in the game. With Vernon Davis out with a concussion, he stepped up and finished with just four catches for 53 yards in a 42-13 victory.
Analysis: Walker may earn a boost in his production now that Davis is sidelined with a concussion. Since the 49ers have already clinched a playoff spot, they may want to take a cautious approach with Davis, which may lead to Walker earning a start for the final week of the season. We'll continue to monitor Davis' status in the coming days. Walker has been able to make some big plays for the 49ers as of late and should be considered as a low-end option in the deepest of Fantasy formats heading into Week 17 at home against the Cardinals.
News: San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker scored his second touchdown of the season during Sunday's contest at New England in Week 15. Colin Kaepernick hooked up with Walker for a 34-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He outperformed his fellow tight end Vernon Davis and caught both of his targeted passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in a 41-34 victory. Davis was targeted three times but had just one catch for a 10-yard gain on the night.
Analysis: Walker scored his first touchdown since Week 7 against the Seahawks and now has 15 catches for 235 yards this season. He has been able to make some big plays for the Niners this season, especially since Vernon Davis has cooled off during the second half of the season. Still, his production is not enough to make much of an impact in Fantasy, especially behind Davis. He'll try to stay in the end zone heading into Week 16 at Seattle, which is where he caught his first touchdown of the season. Consider him a low-end option in the deepest of Fantasy formats heading into Week 16.
News: 49ers tight end Delanie Walker had one of the better performances of his career in Week 12 against the Saints. He caught three passes for 81 yards -- both season highs -- in the 31-21 win. He had a long reception of 45 and averaged a solid 27 yards per grab. Walker, who was targeted three times, led San Francisco in receiving in the victory. Walker left the game late in the second half due to a hip injury and had to be carted to the team bus, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Analysis: Walker was able to make some big plays for the 49ers Sunday and could see his role improve going forward. Owners will want to keep an eye on his injury situation first before adding him in Fantasy. Heading into Week 13 against the Rams, continue to ignore Walker in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: 49ers tight end Delanie Walker finished with two receptions for 38 yards in Week 8 against the Cardinals. He had a long of 23 yards but was unable to get into the end zone in the 24-3 defeat. Michael Crabtree led the 49ers as he finished with five receptions for 72 yards and a pair of scores.
Analysis: Walker is a reserve tight end, who is used as mostly an extra blocking back. While he may haul in a pass or two each week, Vernon Davis will continue to see most of the targets at the TE position. Leave Walker on the waiver wire in all formats when the 49ers take on the Rams in Week 10. San Francisco has a bye in Week 9.
News: 49ers tight end Delanie Walker was targeted just once Thursday against the Seahawks in Week 7. He made that target count, as he scored a 12-yard touchdown in the game, his first of the season. The touchdown ended up providing the difference in a 13-6 win.
Analysis: Walker emerged as a red-zone target last season, scoring three touchdowns in 15 games. This was his first of the season, and he has just five catches for 52 yards on the year. Walker is the second tight end on the depth chart in San Francisco, and he should be ignored in all Fantasy formats until his role changes.
News: 49ers tight end Delanie Walker had one catch for 1 yard Sunday at the Vikings in Week 3. He had two targets in the game.
Analysis: Walker is the No. 2 tight end for the 49ers, but he has minimal Fantasy value while Vernon Davis is healthy. Ignore Walker in all leagues in Week 4 at the Jets.
News: CSN Bay Area reports 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he expects tight end Delanie Walker to be ready by the season opener on Sept. 9 against the Packers. Walker hurt his right knee in practice Sunday.
Analysis: Walker is second on the 49ers' depth chart at tight end behind Vernon Davis. However, Walker has a minimal impact in Fantasy and can be left undrafted in pretty much all formats.
News: 49ers No. 2 tight end Delanie Walker could be the odd man out on playing time this season thanks to a knee injury suffered in May and the improvement of the team's receiving corps. Walker hurt his knee during the offseason program and was on crutches as recently as the final day of minicamp. According to Comcast SportsNet, Walker played more snaps, 535, than any wide receiver except for Michael Crabtree in 2011.
Analysis: Walker has always been known more for his blocking ability than his receiving skills. Keep him off of Fantasy rosters.
News: San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker has returned to practice for the first time since breaking his left jaw in two places late in the regular season and hopes to be healthy enough to play in the NFC championship game. Walker had the wires removed on Monday and took part in practice on a limited basis with no contact on Wednesday. He was out there again during the open media portion on Thursday. "I didn't do too much, so I won't say I was rusty," Walker said before Thursday's practice. "I feel like I was good. Everybody said I looked faster and that I looked like I was over-hyper. Because you get back on the field, you try to do everything full speed."
Analysis: Keep an eye on Walker's status, but he has minimal Fantasy value in any playoff challenge games. And heading into 2012, Walker should not be drafted in the majority of leagues. He is the No. 2 TE in San Francisco behind Vernon Davis.
News: Tight end Delanie Walker imparted a little more information on the broken jaw he sustained in Seattle on Christmas Eve. According to the Sports Xchange, Walker was getting up after a cut block when linebacker LeRoy Hill kneed him in the side of the head. Walker's helmet came spinning off but he said he didn't feel any pain. However, he knew his jaw was broken when he couldn't close his mouth. He had his jaw wired shut and could only drink from a straw for 10 days. Walker said he's back to running and working out, but he still can't eat hard foods. "For some reason, I have been craving McDonald's," he said. Walker did not practice on Wednesday and remains a question mark for Saturday's playoff game vs. the Saints.
Analysis: Walker has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in all Fantasy Playoff Challenge leagues, and he should not be drafted in most formats in 2012.
News: According to Comcast Sports Net in San Francisco, 49ers TE Delanie Walker, who sustained a fractured jaw Dec. 24, was at the practice facility on Thursday. Teammates said Walker has made good progress from a week ago, when he was on a liquid diet and unable to talk. Walker now is able to talk with more ease and he is eating solid food. However, Walker's availability is still in question for the 49ers' first playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Analysis: Walker has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in all Fantasy Playoff Challenge leagues, and he should not be drafted in most formats in 2012.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker left Week 16 against the Seahawks after suffering an apparent jaw injury. Walker sustained the injury when he was kicked in the face by Leroy Hill inadvertently during the first quarter of the contest. He was carted off the field and did not return.
Analysis: Walker's injury looked pretty bad and there is already speculation from many that he could miss the entire postseason season. However, Walker is merely the No. 2 TE in San Francisco behind Vernon Davis, which means he doesn't have much value even when healthy. Leave Walker on waivers in the majority of Fantasy leagues at this point.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker was held without a catch for the third straight game in Week 13 against the Rams. He was targeted twice by QB Alex Smith in the 26-0 win. Walker, however, gained 14 yards on one carry for his only touch in the contest.
Analysis: Walker remains the No. 2 TE behind Vernon Davis in San Francisco and has just 19 catches on the year. While his three touchdowns are nice, he will continue to be a low-end option in Fantasy until his role improves. Leave Walker on waivers in the majority of Fantasy leagues at this point.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker finished with six catches for a team-high 69 yards during the 49ers' 27-20 victory over the Giants in Week 10. Walker collected seven targets from QB Alex Smith as he also posted a season high in receptions. The total matched his amount from his previous four games combined as San Francisco usually relies on RB Frank Gore to carry its offense.
Analysis: With Gore nursing an injury, the 49ers received a pair of fine performances from its tight ends in Sunday's game. Walker and Vernon Davis combined for 109 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions as San Francisco improved to 8-1 this season. The 27-year-old has now recorded 19 receptions for 198 yards this year. Consider an eye on his progress going forward as he could warrant an addition in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker got some action in the Week 9 win at Washington on Sunday. Walker was targeted a few times by QB Alex Smith as he came down with two receptions for 15 yards. Walker, the backup TE to Vernon Davis, went for a long catch of 10 yards. Walker did not score in the game. He added one carry for minus-3 yards.
Analysis: Walker is not a consistent pass-catching option for the 49ers. He does see some targets in the end zone, however, as evidenced by his three touchdown receptions this season. That said, playing the Giants in Week 10, New York has been among the best in football at limiting the Fantasy production of opposing tight ends. The Giants have not allowed a TE to score yet this season and no TE has topped 41 yards against them since Fred Davis went for 105 Week 1 of the season for the Redskins. Walker should be avoided in all Fantasy leagues for Week 10.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker was not much of a factor in Week 8 against the Browns. Walker, who had a two-game scoring streak in tact enter the contest, did not register a catch in the 20-10 win. He was not targeted by Alex Smith on the afternoon.
Analysis: Walker was used primarily as a blocking back on Sunday, as Smith didn't even look in his direction. The 27-year-old had caught at least one pass in every game this season, so it was somewhat disappointing he didn't get a chance to get involved in the passing game. However, that is nothing new for Walker, who has only finished with more than 20 receptions three times over his career. Consider him merely a low-end emergency No. 2 TE heading into Week 9 against the Redskins.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker will be looking to extend his touchdown streak to three straight games in Week 8 against the Browns. Walker, who has three TDs on the season, has been able to get in the end zone in each of the team's last two games. Cleveland enters Sunday's contest ranked second in pass defense, allowing 172 yards per game. The Browns have surrendered eight touchdowns through the air and are allowing an average of nine Fantasy points to opposing TEs on the season, which is tied for 26th overall.
Analysis: Walker hasn't had too many passes head in his direction this season, although he seems to making each one count recently. He has managed to find the end zone in each of his last two contests and now looks to have a decent matchup on Sunday. While Cleveland has been no slouch on defense this season, they have struggled to defend the TE at times. Five of the eight passing touchdowns the Browns have surrendered in the air have been scored by TEs, so look for Smith to try and find Walker in the end zone again this Sunday. However, Vernon Davis is the team's top TE, so Walker doesn't get as many reps in the passing game. Consider him a low-end No. 2 Fantasy TE in Week 8.
News: TE Delanie Walker scored the game-winning touchdown, as the 49ers took care of the Lions, 25-19, in Week 6. Walker's six-yard grab late in the fourth quarter was challenged, but the officials ruled that the ball crossed the plane of the goal line before he went down. Walker had an earlier chance at a touchdown, but he dropped the ball for an incompletion. He finished the contest with two catches for 11 yards.
Analysis: Even with WRs Josh Morgan and Braylon Edwards out, Walker isn't getting many receptions, but he now has three touchdowns over the first six games of the season. That gives him some value for Fantasy, but his limited involvement in the 49ers' passing attack makes him nothing more than a low-end option.
News:The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers TE Delaine Walker said the coaches have discussed with him in the past about potentially lining up at receiver if the team was ever short at the position, which could be the case in Week 6 against the Lions after WR Josh Morgan joined WR Braylon Edwards on the injured list Week 5.
Analysis: Walker was a college receiver before being converted to a tight end in the pros, so he has the knowledge to play the position. If he does get time at receiver, then that would make him an intriguing sleeper at the TE position. Walker does have two touchdowns in five games, but he has just nine catches for 103 yards. Vernon Davis is the team's top TE, so Walker doesn't get as many reps in the passing game.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker scored his second touchdown of the season in Week 5 against the Buccaneers. QB Alex Smith found him on a 26-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and Walker finished with two catches for 37 yards in the 48-3 win.
Analysis: Walker is usually good for a catch or two per game but with Vernon Davis being a bigger target in the passing game, predicting his success in Fantasy is difficult to do. He is mainly used as a blocking tight end and should continue to be ignored in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker totaled 20 yards on three catches Week 4 against the Eagles. His longest catch went 11 yards.
Analysis: The 49ers like to use a lot of two TE sets, so Walker gets a few targets per week. But he doesn't post reliable enough stats to matter in Fantasy. Continue to ignore him heading into Week 5 against the Bucs.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker was targeted four times in Week 2 against Dallas, catching two passes for 38 yards. One of those passes went for a 29-yard touchdown strike from Alex Smith. The 49ers would lose the game, 27-24, in overtime. Walker was targeted more times than Vernon Davis in the contest.
Analysis: Walker won't outproduce Davis too often, which means Fantasy owners shouldn't be jumping to pick him up. Fantasy owners can continue to ignore Walker, unless of course Davis gets injured.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker has reportedly lost 15 pounds in an effort to add some speed to his game. Pro Football Weekly reports the weight loss, which is not a coincidence given that new Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh wants to involve Walker more often in the passing game. Walker ended last year with 29 catches for 331 yards, but failed to score a touchdown.
Analysis: Walker might be good for a few more targets per game in 2011, but we doubt he'll be a consistent stat producer for Fantasy owners. At best, consider him off waivers as a one-week replacement at tight end during the season if he actually does begin to make an impact. Think of his upside being no greater than what Pats TE Aaron Hernandez was in 2010.
News: Comcast Sportsnet speculates that 49ers TE Delanie Walker might emerge as the third-best receiving option behind Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree in Jim Harbaugh's offense in 2011. Walker's size and ability creates a mismatch opportunity that previous Niners' coaches have missed using. Walker ended last year with 29 catches for 331 yards, but failed to score a touchdown.
Analysis: Walker might be good for a few more targets per game in 2011, but we doubt he'll be a consistent stat producer for Fantasy owners. At best, consider him off waivers as a one-week replacement at tight end during the season if he actually does begin to make an impact.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker was targeted three times in Week 17 against Arizona, catching one pass for 17 yards. That is all the backup tight end would do in the 49ers season finale. He wasn't need to produce big numbers with Vernon Davis healthy enough to play. The 49ers beat the Cardinals, 38-7.
Analysis: Walker ended the year with 29 catches for 331 yards, but failed to score a touchdown. Being Davis' backup doesn't leave much room in the offense. Throw in the fact the quarterback situation wasn't great in San Francisco this year, which hurt the entire offense's Fantasy value. Heading into 2011, Walker should not be on anyone's radars on Draft Day.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker saw a few passes thrown his way in Week 16 against the Rams. He was targeted for four passes, making three catches for 17 yards in the 25-17 loss. Walker had a long reception of 7 and averaged 5.7 yards per grab.
Analysis: Walker is having a career year with 28 catches for 314 yards. But as long as he is a backup to Vernon Davis, he will continue to see minimal looks per game. Leave Walker on waivers for Week 17 against the Cardinals.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker tweaked an ankle during the Week 13 loss to Green Bay and had to leave the game for a period of time early on. He ultimately returned and looked healthy as he caught his only two passes of the game after returning. Walker caught two passes for 19 yards and was targeted three times by QB Troy Smith. Walker added one carry for 5 yards.
Analysis: Walker is just the backup TE in San Francisco, but he's done some good things recently. Still, he doesn't do anything consistently enough to be a viable Fantasy option behind Vernon Davis. Keep ignoring him in Fantasy play for Week 14 against Seattle.
News: 49ers Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has been excited by the recent play of backup TE Delanie Walker. He is one of the most consistent players on our offense right now, he said. Im very pleased at the way he has played this year when he has been healthy. The 49ers take on the Cardinals in Week 12.
Analysis: Walker has been a solid option all year for the 'Niners. He has outproduced Vernon Davis in the last two weeks. With Davis banged up, Walker could get more looks in Week 12. The Cardinals allow 269 passing yards per game, which is a favorable matchup. But with the quarterback situation not great in San Fran and the status of Davis unknown, Fantasy owners should view Walker as a low-end option in the deepest of leagues.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker was targeted four times, catching three passes for 27 yards in Week 11 against Tampa Bay. He also had 3 rushing yards on a tight end reserve play. The 49ers would get shut out by the Buccaneers, 21-0, on Sunday. I cant believe it. With the playmakers weve got and the ability we have on offense, I cant believe we didnt even get close. We didnt even get inside the 20. I just cant believe that," Walker said.
Analysis: Walker has emerged as a solid option in the 49ers offense this year, but didn't do a whole lot in Week 11. He outproduced Vernon Davis for a second straight week and now with Davis banged up, Walker could get more looks in Week 12. San Francisco faces Arizona on Monday night next week. The Cardinals allow 269 passing yards per game, which is a favorable matchup. But with the quarterback situation not great in San Fran and the status of Davis unknown, Fantasy owners should view Walker as a low-end option in the deepest of leagues.
News: After catching five passes for 85 yards in his last game, 49ers TE Delanie Walker had another solid performance in Week 10 against the Rams. He led San Francisco with 80 yards receiving and tied the team high with four receptions. He has targeted five times by QB Troy Smith and had a huge impact on the outcome of the game. St. Louis was flagged for a pass interference call on a ball intended for Walker in overtime, and that penalty set up K Joe Nedney 's game-winning field goal.
Analysis: Walker has become a solid option in the 49ers passing game over the past few weeks and is a great compliment to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. His athleticism allows him to get downfield and make plays. Even with Davis completely healthy in Week 10, Walker outproduced him. It is too early to tell if that will be a continuing trend but it is definitely something worth keeping an eye on. With the Buccaneers and their 11th ranked pass defense coming up in Week 11, continue to view Walker as a low-end option at this point.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker ended up being the team's best receiver in Week 8 against the Broncos following the ankle injury that knocked starting TE Vernon Davis out of the game in the first half. Walker did most of his damage on one scoring drive in the fourth quarter. He caught back-to-back passes from QB Troy Smith of 27 and 38 yards. The last was quite impressive as Smith threw the ball up for grabs and Walker outleaped two Broncos defenders to pull the ball down at the Denver 1-yard line. Walker was targeted a team-high seven times, while finishing with five catches for 85 yards, which were also team highs.
Analysis: The 49ers have always raved about Walker's athleticism and his ability to make plays. We just never really see it since Davis is usually healthy and starring for the 49ers. Walker would probably be a popular pickup in Fantasy for Week 9, if San Francisco wasn't on a bye. By the time it returns to play in Week 10 against the Rams, Davis could be healthy and making Walker still useless in Fantasy. He is usually a stopgap Fantasy option for the times Davis is out.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker was in a walking boot Monday and was using crutches. He suffered a left ankle sprain in Sundays loss, and coach Mike Singletary said Walker would be re-evaluated later in the week. It certainly looks as if hell miss time.
Analysis: Walker caught one pass for 6 yards before leaving the game in Week 4. Walker is the clear backup to Vernon Davis, but new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has talked about getting him more involved. This injury obviously throws a wrench in that plan. Even with an increased role, Walker likely won't get enough targets to make a Fantasy impact. He is best left on waivers for Week 5 against Philadelphia.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker was carted off the field in the second quarter Week 4 at Atlanta with an ankle injury. X-rays of Walker's ankle were negative, and the team is calling the injury a sprain. Walker caught one pass for 6 yards before leaving.
Analysis: Walker is the clear backup to Vernon Davis, but new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has talked about getting him more involved. This injury obviously throws a wrench in that plan. Even with an increased role, Walker likely won't get enough targets to make a Fantasy impact. You can leave him on waivers regardless of what happens with this injury.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker made one 6-yard catch in a Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Walker continues to get the odd look here and there on a weekly basis, but as long as Vernon Davis is healthy, Walker will continue to have no Fantasy value. Continue to ignore him in Week 4 at Atlanta.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker had a costly turnover in Week 2 against the Saints. Walker fumbled at the Saints' 3-yard line just before halftime killing a promising 49ers driven that would have led to points. He had two receptions for 26 yards in the 25-22 loss. Walker also returned three kickoffs for 51 yards.
Analysis: Walker is the backup tight end behind Vernon Davis. He is extremely athletic, but does not play enough to warrant any Fantasy value. Unless Davis gets hurt, leave him on the waiver wire heading into Week 3 at Kansas City.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker had three catches for 27 yards in Week 1 against the Saints. He also had one carry for 10 yards in the 31-6 loss.
Analysis: Walker is the backup tight end behind Vernon Davis. He is extremely athletic, which could lead to more playing time, but unless Davis gets hurt, leave him on the waiver wire heading into Week 2 against the Saints.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker, who suffered a concussion early last week, has been cleared to return to practice for full contact Monday.
Analysis: Walker is the No. 2 TE in San Francisco behind starter Vernon Davis. Walker has minimal Fantasy value and is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker made three grabs and gained a total of 36 yards on Sunday in a Week 16 win over the Lions. Walkers longest gain in the game went for 22 yards.
Analysis: Walker has caught three passes two weeks in a row, which is impressive for him. That said, he has little to no Fantasy value and should be ignored Week 17 against the Rams.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught three passes for 28 yards in the Week 15 game at Philadelphia. The Niners lost the game.
Analysis: Walker has definitely been more involved in the pass game in recent weeks but will still sometimes go without any catches or touches altogether and doesnt need to be owned in Fantasy play for Week 16 against Detroit.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker caught one pass for 2 yards during the Week 14 Monday night win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Walker will often go without any catches or touches altogether and doesnt need to be owned in Fantasy play for Week 15 at Philadelphia.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker, who set season highs with four catches for 52 yards last week, had three catches for 28 yards Week 13 at Seattle, marking the second time this season he had more than one catch. He also had a 7-yard run.
Analysis: Walker has gotten a few more touches over the last couple weeks, but he still isn't doing anything to make him a relevant Fantasy performer. Leave him on waivers for Week 14 against the Cardinals.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker had four receptions on Sunday in a Week 12 win over the Jaguars. He gained a total of 52 yards in the game. He was also given a carry, gaining 11 yards.
Analysis: Walker nearly doubled his receptions total in Week 12, having failed to catch a pass in three of the previous four weeks. This was his first multi-reception as well. He still plays second fiddle to Vernon Davis in San Francisco and remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The 49ers did not practice Monday, but they listed TE Delanie Walker as limited in practice with shin and knee injuries heading into Thursday's game against Chicago.
Analysis: Walker has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in all leagues against the Bears.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker made one reception on Sunday in a Week 9 loss to the Titans that gained 13 yards.
Analysis: Walker is not a relevant Fantasy player and can continue to be ignored in all formats.
News: 49ers backup TE Delanie Walker caught a 2-yard pass at Houston in Week 7.
Analysis: Walker doesn't play a big role in the passing game and should remain on waivers in Fantasy. The 49ers play at the Colts in Week 8.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker caught a 39-yard pass Week 5 against the Falcons. He has only three receptions all season.
Analysis: Walker doesn't play a big role in the passing game and should remain on waivers in Fantasy. The 49ers have a bye in Week 6 before visiting the Texans in Week 7.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught one pass for 10 yards during a Week 4 win against the Rams. He also had one carry for 16 yards.
Analysis: Walker is usually held off the stat sheet, so to see him gets some yards is unusual. Walker is nothing more than a backup TE and has little to no Fantasy appeal. The 49ers play the Falcons in Week 5.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker, WR Arnaz Battle, WR Michael Spurlock and backup QB Alex Smith didn't contribute offensive statistics Week 3 at Minnesota.
Analysis: None of these players ever do enough statistically to matter in Fantasy. Leave them all on waivers.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker and QB Alex Smith didn't contribute offensive statistics Week 2 against the Seahawks.
Analysis: Neither of these players ever does enough statistically to matter in Fantasy. Leave them both on waivers.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker caught one pass for 17 yards in the season opener Sunday at Arizona. He caught only 10 passes last year.
Analysis: Walker clearly isn't a big offensive contributor. Leave him on waivers for Week 2 against the Seahawks.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker was able to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders. He made two catches for 28 yards including a touchdown grab.
Analysis: Walker seldomly does enough on the field to be even relevant in Fantasy, so don't bother taking him on Draft Day.
News: 49ers players who will be sidelined with injury during Friday's preseason game against the Broncos are running back Michael Robinson (groin), cornerback Tarell Brown (toe), linebacker Patrick Willis (ankle) and tight end Delanie Walker (concussion).
Analysis: The most important player for Fantasy purposes is Willis, who is a must-own Fantasy LB in IDP leagues. It seems like a minor injury, so Fantasy owners shouldn't be scared off. The remaining three players are primarily backups and will have minimal Fantasy impact this season.
News: 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said Wednesday that he likes what the TE position can do for San Francisco this season, but he's counting on Vernon Davis to remain the starter and make the most plays. "In Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker and Joe Jon Finley, those players at that position, if the vision you asked me about earlier goes in full cycle, that is a very valuable position in our offense," Raye said. "The opportunity for success there is very high and the use of that position is maximized. The fact the he (Davis) brings so many exceptional skills in teams of blocking and running and catching and speed, it just enhances our ability to use him and use that position."
Analysis: Davis has to be glad Mike Martz is gone and Raye is on board. Raye helped develop future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez during their time in Kansas City. Davis still has a lot to prove, but consider Davis a No. 2 Fantasy TE worth a late-round pick.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker made one catch for 10 yards in a Week 15 loss to Miami.
Analysis: Walker doesn't contribute much on offense from week to week. Leave him on waivers for Week 16 at San Francisco.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker caught a 15-yard pass Week 14 against the Jets. He has nine catches for 145 yards this season.
Analysis: Obviously, Walker doesn't contribute much on offense from week to week. Leave him on waivers for Week 15 at Miami.
News: In the 49ers' 35-22 loss at the Cowboys in Week 12, TEs Delanie Walker, Billy Bajema and Sean Ryan along with backup QB J.T. O'Sullivan were all active and dressed but did not record an offensive statistic.
Analysis: None of these guys are productive enough to warrant Fantasy use. Keep them off rosters The Niners will play at the Bills in Week 13.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught one pass for four yards during a Week 10 loss to the Cardinals. Walker now has eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown in nine games.
Analysis: Walker had a season-high 53 yards in his previous game against Seattle, but has now been held to one or no catches in seven games this season. As a backup tight end to Vernon Davis, Walker has little to no Fantasy value. The 49ers play the Rams Week 11.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker caught two passes for 53 yards Week 8 against the Seahawks. He had to leave with an elbow injury, but he thinks it'll be fine.
Analysis: Walker has played a bigger role on offense with fullback Zak Keasey injured, but he still doesn't do enough on a week-to-week basis to matter in Fantasy, and now he has an injury of his own. Leave him on waivers. The 49ers have a bye in Week 9 before visiting the Cardinals in Week 10.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker lost three yards on his only offensive touch of the game in Week 7 at the N.Y. Giants.
Analysis: Walker was expected to see more action to compensate for the loss of fullback Zak Keasey, but that wasn't really the case against the Giants. Until we see some significant changes in the way the Niners use him on offense, leave the special teams specialist on the waiver wire.
News:The Sports Xchange notes that 49ers TE Delanie Walker will see more action to compensate for the loss of fullback Zak Keasey, who sustained a torn biceps muscle on Wednesday. Keasey is out for the remainder of the season.
Analysis: Walker has five catches for 73 yards this season. An increase in action for him doesn't translate into Fantasy usefulness and Walker should still be left alone on the waiver wire.
News: San Francisco TE Delanie Walker rushed once for minus-10 yards in Week 6 against the Eagles.
Analysis: Walker is a rarely-used TE, although he had three catches and a touchdown in Week 4. Continue to ignore him in all formats heading into Week 7 vs. the Giants in New York.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker made one catch for eight yards in a Week 5 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Walker is a rarely-used TE, although he had three catches and a touchdown in Week 4. Continue to ignore him in all formats heading into Week 6 vs. Philadelphia.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker led the team in receiving in Week 3 against Detroit. He caught three passes for 44 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Starting TE Vernon Davis caught one pass for 17 yards.
Analysis: Walker made the big plays in Week 3, but the Niners did a good job of spreading the ball around against the Lions. Walker had no catches coming into the game and isn't going to bypass Davis as the team's primary pass catching receiver -- at least we don't think. Fantasy owners should not invest much in him off the waiver wire.
News: San Francisco FB Zak Keasey started against the Seahawks in Week 2 but did not record any stats. The following 49ers also played in Sunday's Week 2 game without recording any Fantasy-relevant production: RB Michael Robinson, RB DeShaun Foster, TE Delanie Walker, TE Billy Bajema, TE Brian Jennings and WR Jason Hill. Quarterback Shaun Hill dressed but did not play as the backup to J.T. O'Sullivan.
Analysis: Keasey caught two passes Week 1 and fumbled. That bought him no stats in Week 2. Expect more of that throughout the year. He's not worth starting in Fantasy and neither are the other members of the 49ers who went without stats on Sunday.
News: San Francisco had several players sub into Sunday's Week 1 game against Arizona who did not record a stat. WR Josh Morgan, RB Michael Robinson, TE Delanie Walker and WR Jason Hill all were held without a stat.
Analysis: Morgan is a rookie with upside and he could see increased production as the year goes on. None of the other aforementioned players have any Fantasy relevance at this time.
News:The Sports Xchange notes, 49ers TE Delanie Walker, the team's backup to Vernon Davis, missed practice Thursday with a calf strain. The club expects him to be available for action Sunday against the Cardinals.
Analysis: The 49ers don't figure to have an all-out aerial attack that it would extend to the team's backup tight end. He doesn't figure to play much and certainly isn't an option for Week 1.
News: New 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz has been pleasantly surprised by TE Delanie Walker. A wide receiver in college, Walker always has shown quick hands and elusiveness after the catch in practice. But he has been lightly utilized in games, reports the Sacramento Bee. Martz was so impressed with Walker during organized team activities (OTAs) that Martz has over the past two weeks installed new plays just for him. "He has some real wow factor to him," Martz said. "You talk about some jets and some ability to run and eat up the field. Holy cow. I didn't know anything about Delanie until I got here."
Analysis: Look for Walker to play behind starter Vernon Davis, but Davis has missed time the past two years. Walker is a low-end Fantasy TE, but if he plays well, he could be useful off the waiver wire. Don't plan on drafting him in any Fantasy leagues in 2008.
News: The Press Democrat reports 49ers TE Delanie Walker received a three-year extension worth $6 million this offseason. The deal included a $1.8 million signing bonus. He is now signed through the 2012 season. The 49ers' decision to reward Walker is interesting because he has just 23 career receptions in 23 NFL games. Last season, he caught 21 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown. But it might be an indication the 49ers expect Walker to flourish with Mike Martz as offensive coordinator.
Analysis: Look for Walker to play behind starter Vernon Davis, but Davis has missed time the past two years. Walker is more of a blocker but can be used in two tight-end sets as a receiver. Still, don't plan on drafting him in any Fantasy leagues in 2008.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker started 10 games and caught 21 passes for 174 yards (8.3 avg.) and a touchdown, easily out-producing his 2006 stats. Most of his stats came late in the season (Weeks 13 through 17, with Shaun Hill at QB for most of those weeks).
Analysis: Walker is considered more of a blocking tight end and less of a true receiving threat. He'll likely continue to post minimal numbers, making him a useless Fantasy option.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught two passes for 13 yards during a Week 15 win against the Bengals. This performance comes on the heels of a six-catch, 66-yard outing Week 14 against the Vikings. He now has nine catches for 100 yards and one touchdown in his last three games.
Analysis: Walker has developed some decent rapport on the field with QB Shaun Hill, but not enough that it will matter in Fantasy leagues. Continue to leave him out of active Fantasy lineups heading into Week 16 against the Bucs.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught six passes for a team-high 65 yards during a Week 14 loss to the Vikings. His longest reception went for 26 yards. The 65 yards were a season-high and he has more than one catch just two times this season.
Analysis: Walker became a favorite target of QB Shaun Hill when the third-stringer took over at halftime for Trent Dilfer (head). He is usually not a big part of the 49ers' offensive attack and can be left off Fantasy rosters heading into Week 15 against the Bengals.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker caught a 21-yard touchdown in Week 13 at Carolina.
Analysis: Despite the score, Walker is not a viable Fantasy option. He's not the primary pass-receiving tight end (that job belongs to Vernon Davis) and should be left on the Fantasy waiver wire until further notice.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught one pass for five yards during a Week 12 win against the Cardinals. He now has eight receptions for 37 yards this season.
Analysis: Walker is a backup tight end to Vernon Davis and doesn't see much action come his way. Even if Davis went down with an injury, Walker would not become an integral part of the 49ers offense. It is OK to leave him on Fantasy waivers Week 13 as the 49ers play the Panthers.
News: Niners TE Delanie Walker caught a two-yard pass Week 10 at Seattle.
Analysis: Walker has seven catches all season. You don't want the reserve tight end in Fantasy. The 49ers host the Rams in Week 11.
News: Niners QB Trent Dilfer, FB Zak Keasey, TE Delanie Walker, TE Billy Bajema, WR Bryan Gilmore, WR Mike Lewis, TE/LS Brian Jennings and WR Jason Hill did not record an offensive stat in Week 9 at Atlanta.
Analysis: None of these players are worth owning in Fantasy play. They aren't in a situation to produce consistent stats.
News: 49ers Delanie Walker caught one pass for zero yards in San Francisco's 31-10 loss to the Saints in Week 8.
Analysis: Walker is listed as the third TE on the 49ers roster, so is not worth any Fantasy consideration at this time.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker caught one pass for four yards in Week 7 at the N.Y. Giants.
Analysis: Walker does not see many passes thrown his way and Fantasy owners should not consider him a viable Fantasy tight end in Week 8.
News: TE Delanie Walker, WR Ashley Lelie, WR Michael Lewis and TE Brian Jennings all played in San Francisco's 9-7 loss to the Ravens in Week 5 but did not record an offensive stat.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value at this point.
News: San Francisco WRs Darrell Jackson (three catches for 38 yards), Taylor Jacobs (one catch for 14 yards), Arnaz Battle (three catches for 19 yards) and TE Delanie Walker (one catch for seven yards) all saw action in the Week 4 23-3 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: With Alex Smith hurting and Trent Dilfer struggling, it's going to be hard for these players to have any big weeks Fantasy-wise in 2007, although Jackson is always capable of something special. We wouldn't suggest starting any of them in Week 5 against Baltimore.
News: Notable 49ers players from Week 3 at Pittsburgh include: WR Arnaz Battle (8 rush yards, 27 receiving yards), RB Michael Robinson (8 rush yards), FB Zak Keasey (4 rush yards) and TE Delanie Walker (19 receiving yards).
Analysis: Of these players, only Battle is worth a reserve spot, although Robinson is a decent insurance policy for those owners who have Frank Gore. The Niners play vs. Seattle in Week 4.
News: TE Billy Bajema, WR Taylor Jacobs, TE Brian Jennings, WR Ashley Lelie, RB Michael Robinson, WR Delanie Walker and WR Brandon Williams all dressed for Week 1 against the Cardinals, but they did not record any offensive statistics.
Analysis: None of the players mentioned above are recommended Fantasy options heading into Week 2 at St. Louis.
News: 49ers rookie TE Delanie Walker caught two passes for 30 yards in 2006.
Analysis: Walker will evolve into a No. 2 or 3 TE for the Niners and not be worth considering in Fantasy Football. Ignore him for now.
News: The 49ers inactives for Week 16 against the Cardinals are FS Deke Cooper, FB Chris Hetherington, QB Shaun Hill, DL Lance Legree and TE Delanie Walker.
Analysis: None of these players are worth using for in any Fantasy leagues when healthy.
News: Notable 49ers players from Week 14 include: RB Maurice Hicks (3 rush yards), WR Antonio Bryant (39-yard catch), TE Delanie Walker (30 receiving yards), WR Arnaz Battle (11-yard catch), WR Taylor Jacobs (5-yard catch) and RB Michael Robinson (4-yard catch).
Analysis: Bryant and Battle are low-end options in deeper leagues at receiver. Everyone else shouldn't be on a Fantasy roster except for Robinson -- in keeper leagues. The Niners play at Seattle in Week 15.
News: Niners backup QB Trent Dilfer, TE Delanie Walker, WR Brandon Williams, RB Michael Robinson, FB Moran Norris, TE Billy Bajema, TE/LS Brian Jennings and WR Taylor Jacobs did not record any stats in Week 14 at New Orleans.
Analysis: None of these players should be trusted in Fantasy play until further notice.
News: The 49ers inactives for Week 11 against Seattle are DB Donald Strickland, DB Tony Parrish, RB Chris Hetherington, TE Delanie Walker and QB Shaun Hill.
Analysis: Keep all these players reserved for Week 11.
News: 49ers TE Billy Bajema, WR Brandon Williams, FB Moran Norris, TE Delanie Walker, WR Bryan Gilmore, QB Trent Dilfer and TE Brian Jennings did not have any stats in Week 10 at Detroit.
Analysis: Neither of the players mentioned above are worth adding in Fantasy leagues.
News: 49ers RB Moran Norris, WR Brandon Williams, RB Maurice Hicks, RB Chris Hetherington, TE Delaine Walker, TE Brian Jennings and QB Trent Dilfer all dressed but did not record an offensive stat in Week 9 against the Vikings.
Analysis: None of these players currently have any Fantasy value.
News: 49ers TE Billy Bajema, WR Brandon Williams, FB Moran Norris, RB Maurice Hicks, TE Delanie Walker, WR Bryan Gilmore, QB Trent Dilfer and TE Brian Jennings did not have any stats in Week 8 at Chicago.
Analysis: Neither of the players mentioned above are worth adding in Fantasy leagues.
News: 49ers TE Billy Bajema, WR Brandon Williams, TE Delanie Walker, WR Bryan Gilmore and TE Brian Jennings did not have any stats in Week 5 vs. Oakland.
Analysis: Neither of the players mentioned above are worth adding in Fantasy leagues for Week 6 vs. San Diego.
News: 49ers TE Billy Bajema, QB Trent Dilfer, WR Brandon Williams, TE Delanie Walker and TE Brian Jennings did not record any stats in Week 4 vs. Kansas City.
Analysis: These players have no Fantasy value heading into Week 5.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker (separated right shoulder) is practicing this week for the first time since sustaining his injury in the final exhibition game. He might be available to play Sunday at Kansas City and is listed as probable.
Analysis: Even with starting TE Vernon Davis out for at least a month, Walker isn't expected to be a huge contributor in the passing game. TE Eric Johnson will be the guy counted on in most situations. Walker will merely serve as his backup meaning his Fantasy value is almost non-existent.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker (separated right shoulder) is practicing this week for the first time since sustaining his injury in the final exhibition game. He might be available to play Sunday at Kansas City.
Analysis: Even with starting TE Vernon Davis out for at least a month, Walker isn't expected to be a huge contributor in the passing game. TE Eric Johnson will be the guy counted on in most situations. Walker will merely serve as his backup meaning his Fantasy value is almost non-existent.
News: 49ers TE Delanie Walker (shoulder) and WR Taylor Jacobs (hamstring) are questionable for Week 4 at Kansas City.
Analysis: Even when healthy, neither player provides much Fantasy value. Keep them reserved for Week 4.
News: The San Jose Mercury News reports that Niners TE Delanie Walker (shoulder) is expected to return to practice this week but is still listed as doubtful for playing at Kansas City in Week 4.
Analysis: Even when healthy, Walker has no Fantasy value.
News: 49ers WR Taylor Jacobs is inactive for Sunday's game against Philadelphia. Also inactive are DB B.J. Tucker, RB Chris Hetherington, TE Delanie Walker, and DL Ronald Fields.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value at this time.
News: Here are the inactives for the 49ers in Week 1 at Arizona: Shaun Hill (emergency QB), WR Brandon Williams, CB B.J. Tucker, FB Moran Norris, TE Delanie Walker and DE Parys Haralson.
Analysis: None of these players should be on active Fantasy rosters for Week 1. Ignore them in all formats.
News: 49ers rookie TE Delanie Walker (shoulder) is out for Week 1 at Arizona.
Analysis: Walker is not expected to be a significant Fantasy contributor this season to begin with. He should not be on Fantasy rosters.
News: 49ers rookie TE Delanie Walker missed practice Sunday after separating his right shoulder in practice on Friday in the team's preseason finale, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He is listed as doubtful for the opener.
Analysis: When healthy, Walker is expected to contribute mostly on special teams and is behind rookie TE Vernon Davis and veteran TE Eric Johnson on the depth chart. Ignore Walker for now in Fantasy.